Pawlenty Quits Lobbying Job. Will He Run For Governor?

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty stole the spotlight from Republican candidates in the governor’s race Tuesday, Feb. 6, hours before party loyalists gather to pick their favorite governor candidate in a straw poll. The two-term Republican governor made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that he will leave the Financial Services Roundtable next month. As leader…
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Minnesota Governor Candidates Differ On Ag Approaches

Minnesota’s 2018 governor candidates offer a variety of solutions to rural problems. In the largest governor candidate forum so far in the campaign, eight candidates appeared Thursday, Nov. 9, at the annual meeting of AgriGrowth, an organization that works for farmers and agri-businesses. State Rep. Matt Dean, a Republican, said that too many greater Minnesota…
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Campaigns Underway

By Don Davis Minnesota’s 2014 election campaign really got underway Monday. Republicans were looking to make a dent in Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party domination of state government, while Democrats sought ways to keep almost total power in state government. Both sides expressed optimism as they launched campaigns after weekend state political conventions. Statewide Republican-endorsed candidates flew around…
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House, Dayton Put Minnesota Closer To Medical Marijuana

Friday was a good day for Jeremy Pauling and others who long have worked to make medical marijuana legal in Minnesota. An overwhelming House vote favored medical marijuana, then Gov. Mark Dayton said he could sign the House bill into law.

House Budget Bill Leans Toward Greater Minnesota

Much of the money in the Minnesota House’s plan to tweak the state’s two-year budget would go to greater Minnesota.